Jim Carrey is one of the most renowned actors in Hollywood for his comedic histrionics and excellent acting skills. James Eugene Redmond ‘Jim’ Carrey, was born to Kathleen and Percy Carrey on January 17, 1962 in Ontario, Canada. He was the youngest of the four siblings and had a mixed ancestry that was part French, Irish, Scottish and Canadian. His mother was a homemaker, while his father was an accountant as well as a musician.
After spending eight years in Ontario, the family moved to Toronto. However, given the financial crisis, Jim had to take odd jobs to support his family through the financial crisis. He also had to drop out of school and take up stand-up comedy. He eventually made a shift to Los Angeles to further his career. In 2004, Jim Carrey got the U.S. citizenship, while retaining the Canadian citizenship.
He was able to impress noted comedian, Rodney Dangerfield and as a result, secured a steady income for himself performing at a comedy lounge. However, he decided to push further as he did not want to be stuck doing standup comedy all his life. Finally, he started doing roles in television and movies. He made his debut with the 1983 television movie, Rubberface, in which his performance was highly appreciated. He then landed the role of an animation producer in the TV show, The Duck Factory (1984). Though the show did not do well, it gave Jim Carrey enough experience and confidence to face the camera and play the lead roles. Next, the actor appeared in the comedy, Once Bitten (1985).
It was Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), which actually gave his career the much needed push upwards. His co-star Damon Wayans took notice of his skills and gave him a role on his own comedy show, In Living Color (1990). It was this platform that gave Carrey a name as well as the reputation of an outstanding comedian. He then went on to do the widely popular movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The movie was a major commercial and critical success and gave birth to a star. Later, a sequel to the movie was also made called Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), which too was hugely successful. Jim Carrey was now in huge demand. He was one of the most sought after comedians in the industry. He was now commanding fees in the order of millions. 1994 also saw him appearing in super hit movies like The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. His next project was the superhero flick, Batman Forever (1995), in which he played the role of the Riddler.
He then took a break from his regular roles to play the character of the lonely cable installer, who breaches the privacy of one of his customers in the 1996 movie, The Cable Guy. The Ben Stiller movie though earned Jim Carrey a whopping 20 million dollars in acting fee, did not go well with the critics or the audiences. His next project, Liar Liar (1997), brought him back to the box office with a bang. The Truman Show (1998) was a comedy drama for which Carrey even took a pay cut. The movie was both a huge critical and commercial success, and the actor received his first Golden Globe for this performance. He went on to do successful movies like Man on the Moon (1999), Me, Myself and Irene (2000), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Bruce Almighty (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Number 23 (2007), Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who (2008), A Christmas Carol (2009), and so on. His most recent projects include Kick Ass 2 (2013) and Dumb and Dumb and Dumber To.
Carrey has had a tumultuous personal life to say the least. He has been in multiple relationships, many of them with his co-stars. He has been married twice. His first wife was Melissa Womer, whom he married in 1987 and divorced in 1995. They have a daughter together. Lauren Holly, his Dumb and Dumber co-star married him in 1996, but the marriage did not even survive a year. Until recently, Jim Carrey had an on and off relationship with Cathriona White, who was found dead due to a prescription drug overdose. Jim Carrey has himself been dealing with depression for a long time. Amidst all the personal distress he has been facing, he never stopped making his fans laugh. That’s Jim Carrey.